Author Archives: biochembelle

W2FA?! Two-factor authentication on the way to eRA Common

Earlier this month I attended the NIH Regional Seminar, a meeting focused on grants administration and related policy. As I usually do at meetings, I tweeted—and a short tweet prompted an immediate and frustrated response: Two factor authentication will be … Continue reading

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Valuation of Personal Lives

Postdoc pay is a perennial discussion. Last week, the topic popped into my Twitter feed once again with a question related to using family costs to justify a higher stipend. For my junior faculty friends: if a postdoc candidate came … Continue reading

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Lost in Data

I like data. I tend to put a lot of stock in it. For scientists, data* is a key part of our lives and work. Data is how we learn, which enables us to progress. But we have to acknowledge … Continue reading

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#januwordy: Authentic

Authentic. It’s a word that permeates the public life of social media. Newbies are advised to “be authentic.” Some established account holders talk about the imperative to be their “authentic selves.” But what does that mean? Authenticity generally implies a certain … Continue reading

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Furloughed Forgotten

We’ve hit Day 28 of the partial Federal shutdown. The moment the shutdown began, the media started talking about the 800,000 Federal employees who would be affected—either required to work or not allowed to work, both anticipating their next paychecks … Continue reading

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